I'm pretty please with my training so far. The training started June 15th and I'm getting in the miles and slowly but surely things seems to getting into place. What I would most like to see though is my training pace drop to 9:50 to about 10:30. I'm going to start using the training assistant on my Garmin the less beep the more I'm staying in range. I sure hope I'm ready for this. Here are my weekly mileage since June 15:
6/15: 60.02 miles
6/22: 50.5 miles
6/29: 69.9 miles
7/06 : 50.1 miles
7/13: 46.4 miles
7/20: 75:4 miles
7/27: 71.2 miles
8/03: 57.40 miles
I've been to the gym quite a bit, I would say 3-4 days per week doing strength training. I started my training thinking that this time around I want to spend more time on the treadmill so I could stick to a 9:54 training run pace. that did not last very long. Before I knew it I found myself totally in love with running outside again and threw the pace idea out the window. I do add a run at least once a week per Magdelena Lewy Boulets treadmill tips . Makes me feel good that I can actually do the pace that I'm suppose to and most time faster.
I'm still racing but have not seen any real improvement in my race times but recently I do see them closer to last years times, which was not great but at least its giving me some indication that I doing better out there and feeling better.
I have been reading and hearing some great inspirational stories regarding training paces from Olympians and pro athlete of how the train at a very slow pace this have been very encouraging. One of the stories was from Running Times Nate Jenkins podcast an Olympian that did not have the typical runners body, he trained hard and never gives up and he taught me a very important lesson "never quit". Another report was from Amby Burfoot regarding watching a Kenyan training at a pace twice his racing pace, sorry could not find the article. Even Kara Goucher talk about her training buddies call her the lawn mower because her feet barely leaves the ground when she trains.
Per my last blog, I need to start speed work and doing more tempo runs my marathon pace goal is a 9:00 min pace I still need to knock about 30 secs off my current race pace of late. I'm doing 9:15 to 9:30 in longer races and closer to 9:00 ins shorter races. I had a break through 5k just yesterday in which I average 8:55 but I'm no where where I want to be so I have to keep at it, determination will get me back.
Happy running to all my peeps, have a great week. :)